FSA has a special loan program to assist socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers in purchasing a farm. Retiring farmers may use this program to transfer their land to future generations.
� The applicant must make cash down payment of at least 5 percent of the purchase price.
� The maximum loan amount does not exceed 45 percent of the least of (a) the purchase price of the farm or ranch to be acquired; (b) the appraised value of the farm or ranch to be acquired; or (c) $500,000) Note: This results in a maximum loan amount of $225,000).
� The term of the loan is 20 years. The interest rate is 4 percent below the direct Farm Ownership Loan rate, but not lower than 1.5 percent.
The remaining balance may be obtained from a commercial lender or private party. FSA can provide up to a 95 percent guarantee if financing is obtained from a commercial lender. Participating lenders do not have to pay a guarantee fee